37 min

Episode 7 - Dr. Natalie Whitehead, Co-Founder Exeter Science Centre Beyond Your Research Degree

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Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about non-academic careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Dr. Natalie Whitehead, co-founder of the Exeter Science Centre.

Here are some links to the different organisations and schemes we discussed in the podcast: 

Dr. Natalie Whitehead Linkedin 

Exeter Science Centre 
Student Start Ups 
SETsquared  
Exeter City Futures 
Exeter Science Park 

Kaleider 
The Ocean Clean-Up 
The Impact Lab 
National Marine Aquarium  
CDT Metamaterials 

 

Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses

 

Podcast transcript

 

1
00:00:10,940 --> 00:00:23,510
Hello and welcome to the Beyond your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter Doctoral College

2
00:00:23,510 --> 00:00:27,590
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest episode of Beyond Your Research Degree.

3
00:00:27,590 --> 00:00:34,550
I'm your host, Kelly Preece, and I'm delighted for this episode to be joined by one of our recent graduates, Dr Natalie Whitehead.

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00:00:34,550 --> 00:00:39,770
Natalie, are you happy to introduce yourself? OK, great.

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So I'm Natalie Whitehead. I recently finished my PhD in physics.

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I was looking at spin waves through magnets, which are just a special type of wave that travels through magnets.

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00:00:54,050 --> 00:00:58,310
That was my PhD and that finished in September.

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00:00:58,310 --> 00:01:07,910
And I'm now the founder and director alongside my colleague, Dr Alice Mills for the Exeter Science Centre.

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00:01:07,910 --> 00:01:12,920
Talk to me about the Exeter Science Centre. How how did this come about?

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00:01:12,920 --> 00:01:20,180
So this is something that I've been thinking about for, oh, I don't know, probably just a bit over a year now.

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00:01:20,180 --> 00:01:26,390
But a year and a half. And basically, I I was trying to work out what to do after my PhD

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00:01:26,390 --> 00:01:32,810
So this who was in physics and during my PhD and undergraduate degree,

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00:01:32,810 --> 00:01:38,180
I was really involved in doing public engagement with research and a lot of science outreach.

14
00:01:38,180 --> 00:01:45,260
I absolutely love talking about science and and speaking to the public about it and showing them demos and getting their

15
00:01:45,260 --> 00:01:53,660
views and trying to answer questions and things and basically just trying to inspire them about how amazing science is.

16
00:01:53,660 --> 00:01:59,540
So I was trying to work out what to do after the PhD, which would, you know,

17
00:01:59,540 --> 00:02:04,970
be good for me, but also for something that I can really contribute towards.

18
00:02:04,970 --> 00:02:08,770
So, you know, the climate crisis is a really big thing at the moment.

19
00:02:08,770 --> 00:02:14,370
Of course, it should be and should have been for the. I don't know how many decades.

20
00:02:14,370 --> 00:02:23,930
And I really feel like I have some kind of responsibility to do something with my physics training, which is useful.

21
00:02:23,930 --> 00:02:27,350
So I was trying to work out what to do and whether, you know,

22
00:02:27,350 --> 00:02:32,030
whether I should go and work for one of these amazing Start-Up companies doing cool things.

23
00:02:32,030 --> 00:02:34,280
You know, I was looking at the the ocean clean up.

24
00:02:34,280 --> 00:02:41,780
I think what they're doing is amazing, using science and tech to solve the problem and a global issue and lots of other companies like that.

25
00:02:41,780 --> 00:02:50,990
It's nice thinking. Well, you know, I could go and work for someone like that. Will I be the best scientist or engineer to do that

Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about non-academic careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Dr. Natalie Whitehead, co-founder of the Exeter Science Centre.

Here are some links to the different organisations and schemes we discussed in the podcast: 

Dr. Natalie Whitehead Linkedin 

Exeter Science Centre 
Student Start Ups 
SETsquared  
Exeter City Futures 
Exeter Science Park 

Kaleider 
The Ocean Clean-Up 
The Impact Lab 
National Marine Aquarium  
CDT Metamaterials 

 

Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses

 

Podcast transcript

 

1
00:00:10,940 --> 00:00:23,510
Hello and welcome to the Beyond your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter Doctoral College

2
00:00:23,510 --> 00:00:27,590
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest episode of Beyond Your Research Degree.

3
00:00:27,590 --> 00:00:34,550
I'm your host, Kelly Preece, and I'm delighted for this episode to be joined by one of our recent graduates, Dr Natalie Whitehead.

4
00:00:34,550 --> 00:00:39,770
Natalie, are you happy to introduce yourself? OK, great.

5
00:00:39,770 --> 00:00:46,640
So I'm Natalie Whitehead. I recently finished my PhD in physics.

6
00:00:46,640 --> 00:00:54,050
I was looking at spin waves through magnets, which are just a special type of wave that travels through magnets.

7
00:00:54,050 --> 00:00:58,310
That was my PhD and that finished in September.

8
00:00:58,310 --> 00:01:07,910
And I'm now the founder and director alongside my colleague, Dr Alice Mills for the Exeter Science Centre.

9
00:01:07,910 --> 00:01:12,920
Talk to me about the Exeter Science Centre. How how did this come about?

10
00:01:12,920 --> 00:01:20,180
So this is something that I've been thinking about for, oh, I don't know, probably just a bit over a year now.

11
00:01:20,180 --> 00:01:26,390
But a year and a half. And basically, I I was trying to work out what to do after my PhD

12
00:01:26,390 --> 00:01:32,810
So this who was in physics and during my PhD and undergraduate degree,

13
00:01:32,810 --> 00:01:38,180
I was really involved in doing public engagement with research and a lot of science outreach.

14
00:01:38,180 --> 00:01:45,260
I absolutely love talking about science and and speaking to the public about it and showing them demos and getting their

15
00:01:45,260 --> 00:01:53,660
views and trying to answer questions and things and basically just trying to inspire them about how amazing science is.

16
00:01:53,660 --> 00:01:59,540
So I was trying to work out what to do after the PhD, which would, you know,

17
00:01:59,540 --> 00:02:04,970
be good for me, but also for something that I can really contribute towards.

18
00:02:04,970 --> 00:02:08,770
So, you know, the climate crisis is a really big thing at the moment.

19
00:02:08,770 --> 00:02:14,370
Of course, it should be and should have been for the. I don't know how many decades.

20
00:02:14,370 --> 00:02:23,930
And I really feel like I have some kind of responsibility to do something with my physics training, which is useful.

21
00:02:23,930 --> 00:02:27,350
So I was trying to work out what to do and whether, you know,

22
00:02:27,350 --> 00:02:32,030
whether I should go and work for one of these amazing Start-Up companies doing cool things.

23
00:02:32,030 --> 00:02:34,280
You know, I was looking at the the ocean clean up.

24
00:02:34,280 --> 00:02:41,780
I think what they're doing is amazing, using science and tech to solve the problem and a global issue and lots of other companies like that.

25
00:02:41,780 --> 00:02:50,990
It's nice thinking. Well, you know, I could go and work for someone like that. Will I be the best scientist or engineer to do that

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